Junior Mike White has been named Western Kentucky's starting quarterback for the Hilltoppers' Sept. 1 opener against visiting Rice.
Western coach Jeff Brohm announced Friday that he chose the South Florida transfer from competition that included senior Tyler Ferguson and sophomore Drew Eckels. He says White "has done a nice job preparing himself for this moment and operates our offense well."
Though White gets the initial call to replace record-setting All-American Brandon Doughty, Ferguson and Eckels could also play this season. White, who sat out last season per NCAA transfer rules, started 15 games for the Bulls in 2013 and '14 and recorded USF's best quarterback debut when he completed 26 of 41 passes for 311 yards and two touchdowns against Houston.
Patrick Reed had a fast start and hung on against tough Bethpage Black for a 3-under 68 and a two-shot lead in The Barclays.
His spot on the U.S. Ryder Cup team is looking better with each round, and so are his prospects for getting his first victory of the year. He sandwiched a birdie around two bogeys at the end to keep his distance over Emiliano Grillo and Rickie Fowler, who each shot 69.
Fowler, who likely needs to finish third to have any chance of making the U.S. team, played bogey-free on Friday and has dropped only one shot over the opening two rounds.
Reed was at 8-under 134.
Jordan Spieth overcame a double bogey to start his round with a 67. He was four shots back.
Chris Sale struck out 14 but got outpitched by Felix Hernandez and the Seattle bullpen, and the Mariners ended a three-game skid Friday night by beating the Chicago White Sox 3-1.
Hernandez (9-4) improved to 5-0 in eight starts since returning from the disabled list, throwing 7 1/3 innings of one-run ball.
Sale (15-7) gave up five hits and walked none in his fifth complete game of the season. He retired the final 16 batters, striking out 10 of them.
Sale struck out six straight in the sixth and seventh innings, one shy of Joe Cowley's team record.
Franklin Gutierrez hit a solo home run and Adam Lind added an RBI double off Sale.
Todd Frazier's 32nd home run in the seventh was one of eight hits off Hernandez until he left with the bases loaded.
Jedd Gyorko homered and Luke Weaver pitched six strong innings to earn his first major league win as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Oakland Athletics 3-1 on Friday night.
Gyorko's 423-foot shot in the first extended the Cardinals' home run streak to 15 games, the longest active streak in the majors, and made it 2-0 after just two batters.
Weaver (1-1) gave up one run and four hits in a career-high six innings in his home debut for the Cardinals. Five of his seven strikeouts were looking.
Cardinals center fielder Randal Grichuk made a diving catch on a sinking drive by Stephen Vogt to end the fifth, and Jhonny Peralta made a sprawling stop at third base and threw out Khris Davis to start the sixth.
Seung Hwan Oh got the last three outs for his 13th save.
Ross Detwiler (1-3) gave up three runs and six hits while striking out six in 5 1/3 innings.
Here are scores from Friday night's high school football games featuring local teams.
Bowling Green 42, Christian County 22
Central Hardin 29, Paducah Tilghman 21
Evansville Reitz, IN 54, Henderson County 7
Franklin-Simpson 14, Caldwell County 6 (Game was called at halftime due to weather)
Hopkins County Central 24, Crittenden County 19
Hopkinsville 42, West Creek, TN 14
Lake County, TN 22, Fulton County 0
McCracken County 55, Warren Central 18
Owensboro 48, Madisonville 28
Owensboro Catholic 41, Daviess County 19
Russellville 41, Fort Campbell 6
Union County 40, Hancock County 13
DuQuoin 34, Massac County 17
Graves County 21, Trigg County 0 (Game was called in 3rd quarter due to weather)
Mayfield 48, Marshall County 7
Fulton City vs. Ballard Memorial (Postponed to Saturday at 2 pm)
Murray vs. Calloway County (Postponed to Saturday at 6 pm)